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Today's News

  • Stockton joins ‘Boston Strong’

    With a sheriff for a husband, Roane County runner Tara Stockton is used to being around law enforcement.

    But even she was overwhelmed by the police presence she witnessed Monday while running in the Boston Marathon.

    “It was unbelievable,” she said. “They had every kind of law enforcement you can think of.”

    Three people were killed and hundreds of others injured when bombs exploded near the finish line at last year’s marathon.

  • Students earn their colors on recorders

    Midtown Elementary School’s music room fills with the sound of the simple instrument of recorder.

    Some fifth-graders smile as they deftly move their fingers on the flute-like instrument; others frown when they hit a sour note.

    This is what recorder karate looks like.

    The students use the recorders during class, but they also can practice before or after school to earn a “belt”— a colorful string to tie to their recorder.

  • Tire store owner arrested

    Tim Ward, the owner of Tim’s Tire Service in Harriman, is charged in a criminal indictment in Catoosa County, Ga.

    Ward, 51, was arrested on April 17 and spent Easter weekend in the Roane County Jail.

    According to a Roane County Sheriff’s Office report, Deputy Junior Templeton met Catoosa County Sheriff’s Office Detective Alan Miles and two detectives from Norfolk Southern at Tim’s Tire Service.

  • Shawn Smoot arrested again

    Accused murderer Shawn Smoot was arrested Tuesday morning in McMinn County.

    He’s charged with DUI, resisting arrest and violation of implied consent.

    Smoot also is charged in Roane County Criminal Court with first-degree murder in the death of Brooke Nicole Morris.

    Her body was found at the intersection of Blair Road and Old Blair Road on Oct. 15, 2011. Police said she had been shot.

  • Grants help Kingston outfit officers

    Kingston Police Chief Jim Washam said his department was able to purchase 19 new bulletproof vests, thanks to a federal grant.  

    “It’s a 50-50 grant through the Department of Justice,” he said. “It really helps the department, as expensive and important as the vests are. They can save a life.”

    Washam said the city paid $12,000 for the vests upfront and got reimbursed for the grant half.   

  • SECOND CHANCE

    Finishing, not winning, is Tara Stockton’s goal for the Boston Marathon.

    “The thing that I’m looking forward to the most is being able to cross the finish line,” she said.

    The Roane County runner was within a half-mile of finishing last year when the Boston Marathon was abruptly stopped after bombs exploded near the finish line.

    The 5,633 runners who had no chance to finish in 2013 were invited back to compete in this year’s event.

  • Mailbox cards sticking point in the race for Roane sheriff

    When Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton was on the campaign trail in 2006, one of the complaints he often heard was that people never saw a patrol car in their area.

    “I said, ‘Well, I can assure you if we’re out on patrol and you don’t see us, we’re going to figure out a way to let you know that we’re around,’” Stockton said.

    Deputies now leave cards in people’s mailboxes to let them know they’ve been by.

  • Tennessee Promise exciting for RSCC, TCAT

    Roane State Community College and Tennessee College of Applied Technology just became more accessible to potential students.

    Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam’s Tennessee Promise initiative pays tuition and fees for all graduating high school seniors to attend either a state community college or TCAT.

    It is a last-dollar scholarship award after students get their eligible financial aid and other funding.

  • Gallaher facing domestic assault charge

    Harriman attorney Donice Butler said Eric Gallaher is innocent of the domestic assault charge levied against him by Rockwood police.

    “I don’t think the police had to charge him with domestic assault,” Butler said.

    “I think if it had been someone else, another decision might have been made.”

    Gallaher was arrested on April 15 after he was spotted by a Roane County Sheriff’s Office deputy on routine patrol.

  • Ratchet’s, liquor store workers cited for underage alcohol sales

    Employees at Ratchet’s Bar and Grill and Gateway Spirits in Rockwood were cited earlier this month for selling alcohol to underage customers earlier.

    Megan Elizabeth Miles, 21, Rockwood, was cited at Ratchet’s Bar and Grill.

    According to police reports, Miles looked at the minor’s identification and appeared to struggle to tell the age of the person attempting to purchase the beer before making the sale.

    At Gateway Spirits, Kendra Renee Williams, 35, was cited.